The Life and Murder of Anna Loginova
When Anna Loginova -- Russia's first model-bodyguard -- was murdered by carjackers, the media went predictably nuts over her life-story. The only problem: everything about that story was a lie.
Usually the story goes like this: gorgeous provincial bimbo comes to Moscow and sets to work trapping a rich suitor while she’s still got her beauty; as soon as horny suitor hears the word “pregnant” come out of her mouth, he switches to a new cellphone provider, and they never cross paths again; provincial bimbo returns to bumfuck with a swollen stomach, just long enough to dump the baby off with her mother, then heads back to Moscow for another go, bouncing from nightclub to nightclub, settling for the easy thrills and lovers’ gifts, as the dream of landing a suitor fades along with her feelings for her abandoned child. And then wear and tear suddenly accelerates, hardening and aging her — wrinkles sprout, flesh sags… and that’s where only the truly brave journalist dares to venture…
It was hard to square the banal, depressing fate of so many provincial beauties with Anna Loginova’s seemingly impossible achievements, rocketing from nothing to the reigning queen of Moscow’s modeling and bodyguarding worlds, and the world of oligarch-gods, in just five years. It seemed, in fact, impossible — a Russian romantic fairytale, as fantastic in their culture as the beautiful action-hero fairytale in America’s. And that is exactly what I was told when I met with Oleg Litavrin, who heads the Moscow bodyguard club/lobbying group, Gray Shadows, part of the National Association of Bodyguards. When Bill Gates came to Moscow, the Gray Shadows were in charge of protecting him. Litavrin described Gates as “a very good client” because, unlike a lot of wealthy clients they’re hired to protect, “Mr. Gates did what we asked him to without making a fuss.”
I asked Litavrin what he knew about Anna Loginova’s model-ninjas. “The bodyguard world is rather tight in Moscow,” he explained, “and between the Gray Shadows and the larger National Association of Bodyguards, which has about 350 members in this city, no one had ever heard of Anna Loginova until she died. It’s just about impossible to believe that she could have seriously worked in this profession and not one single person from our associations would have known about it.” He also noted, with some pride, that in all their years, only one member of their association had died in the line of duty — and it was “his fault.”
In fact, the legend of Anna Loginova, bodyguard-babe, was born almost by accident, during a 2006 photo shoot she did with boxing star Kostya Tszyu. Anna was hired to help promote the junior welterweight champion’s new action film, and for the roll-out, they put Anna in ninja costume and gave her a samurai sword to tease the photographers with. Anna had been dressed by the movie’s promotions people to look like Kostya Tszyu’s ninja babe, but her genius was quickly grasping the possibilities. She realized from the public’s reaction to her during that shoot that playing the model-bodyguard could be the big career boost she’d been looking for. To pull it off successfully, she’d have to come up with a believable story, a believable persona which fed into the public’s well-conditioned fantasies. She’d have to lie, and lie well — to push the fantasy as close to reality as possible — or the whole thing would come crashing down
Adapted from NSFWCORP Print, issue #2, published April 29, 2013.